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I arrived at the Capital Aiport in Beijing at 3:30 AM… 2 hours later than I was supposed to. Sadie had texted telling me it took her well over an hour to find the hostel and more than 3 cabs tried to scam her. :( When I found the cabs I spoke my Chinese with all the confidence I could muster, and he turned on his meter and took off without any problems at all. YAY! After 45 minutes of driving he pulled into a Hutong (the tiny alleyways ...
... and parts of the lake that were frozen, although not solid enough to skate on. Apparently at some times of the year they can! We went into the library and the art museum, then went onto the Welcome ceremony, presided over by Dr Tang. We were very grateful to the staff and students who made us feel very welcome. We then went to a restaurant on the campus for a special lunch, which was very high quality, in our own private dining room, with beautiful table ...
... and at times the only inhabitants were the emperor, his wife and his concubines.
I kept thinking that in Europe, we saw beautifully ornate cathedrals that must have cost a fortune, whose purpose was to bring the peasants closer to God. The Forbidden City also cost a fortune, but the peasants could never see it.
But these days, everyone can enter after buying a ticket and submitting to an airport-like ...
... s fabulous!
Then we had to get back, or at least I did. I made it about 5 minutes to 10. Now I am waiting for my roommates to get back, hopefully before midnight. I will have to go downstairs to let them in. Oh, there's a new roommate for one night: Aga from England, I think.
Tomorrow I will finally meet the director. Apparently there are two students who want to go to famous Beijing places with me. I have no idea what that means. I guess I will find out.
... Annie felt the baby start moving around. Now, it normally squirms about every once in a while but this time it was a very obvious kicking or thumping action it was producing. And then, I proceeded to read it our newly acquired Cat in the Hat book, which further excited the baby. After I had finished reading the baby was apparently much too tired to communicate with us and it we were all tired from the masses of walking around that ...